Friday, 28 June 2013

Launch of MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care

Anthony Wrigley, John Ellershaw and Stephen Mason
Members of the Centre for Professional Ethics and the School of Law attended a launch event for the MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care last week. Under its previous name, The Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care, the course, taught in association with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, has for twenty years offered a unique educational programme to Palliative Care doctors, nurses, social workers, lawyers, and others associated with end of life care. The course is regularly updated to reflect changing practice and professional requirements, and has been relaunched under a new name to better reflect its current structure and content.

The invited audience, including alumni from the course and senior palliative care practitioners, listened to presentations by Course Director Dr Anthony Wrigley, MCPCIL Director Professor John Ellershaw and MCPCIL Research & Development Lead Dr Stephen Mason on the history and development of the programme, current ethical challenges in palliative care, and the challenges of teaching practitioners to integrate ethics into their everyday practice.

Members of the audience talked warmly of their own experiences on the programme and the importance of ethical thinking for palliative care.

Information about the course can be obtained from http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicalethicsandpalliativecare/.

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